A Dozen Ways to Experience the National Book Festival

Whether you can be in Washington tomorrow or not, there are many ways for everyone to be a part of the 2009 National Book Festival.  I came up with at least a dozen: 1. Attend!  It’s tomorrow (Sept. 26) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on the National Mall (between 7th and 14th), rain […]

Read.gov: Rarely Has Reading Been So Much Fun

The next two days for us will be a whirlwind of events as we celebrate the ninth annual edition of the National Book Festival.  But there’s one aspect I just absolutely had to call out. Our folks have been busily working behind the scenes on a revamp of our literacy.gov website, which promotes lifelong literacy […]

Audio Adventures To Spark the Imagination

The Library’s Lifelong Literacy campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council is taking a new step forward as we roll out a series of radio public-service announcements. To give a listen, click here, then scroll down for MP3s. The spots all follow a basic premise: A narrator reads a pivotal or climactic passage from a […]

Ambassador for Young People's Literature Offers Pointers

Most of us know intuitively, if not empirically, about the importance of reading for pleasure, lifelong literacy, or whatever term you choose. Studies have shown connections between a person’s love of reading and other qualities such as civic engagement and philanthropy. But what can we actually do to help stoke young people’s interest in reading […]

Literacy Decline Mirrors Voluntary-Reading Rate

The National Endowment for the Arts has released its latest study lending more support to the notion that when students read less for pleasure throughout their lives, their overall reading achievement also declines. An analysis of several studies indicates that test scores and voluntary reading tend to go hand in hand. From The New York […]

Fox and the Book Hounds

What an exciting day!? With the National Book Festival just hours away, things are really hopping here. I began early this morning trying to meet Dr. Billington at the White House for some joint media interviews with Mrs. Laura Bush, but my entrance was delayed by a ?suspicious package? on 17th Street that turned out […]

Draw Me a Story

I blogged the other day about some new PSAs we have released in conjunction with the Ad Council that highlight lifelong literacy. And now we have added a new, interactive feature to our Literacy.gov Web site. You can go on a ?Storybook Adventure? by following this link and clicking on ?play? once the animated banner […]